Amazon http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/all en-GB Promoted: It’s easier than you think to switch to Amazon Fire Phone http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/promoted-its-easier-you-think-switch-amazon-fire-phone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Switching to the Amazon Fire phone from Android could hardly be more simple. Here&#039;s how to download the free Amazon Transfer Assist app and get started right away. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="482" height="500" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/feature-fireOS._V326826538_.jpg?1414162044" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What about my apps? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you want to continue to use apps downloaded from the Google Play store you can search for them in the Amazon Appstore and download from there. Many apps are free, and when you switch to Fire phone you also get 800 Amazon coins (equivalent to a value of &pound;8) to spend in the Amazon Appstore.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everything-old-new-again/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=new%20Perspectives">Six and a half reasons I miss my old tech</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Play it cloud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can simply drag and drop music from your Android onto your Fire phone via a USB connection. If you use a Mac you&rsquo;ll need to use the free Android Transfer desktop app, which is available <a href="https://www.android.com/filetransfer/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>But there&#39;s really no need to transfer all your music directly to your Fire if you take advantage of Amazon Music. This is a smart cloud music service that lets you upload your tunes to the cloud from a computer then either stream them to your phone or download selected tracks to play offline. It even automatically adds digital versions of any eligible CDs or vinyl you&#39;ve bought from Amazon to your online collection. You can find out exactly how to do that <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201562930" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/five-things-future-will-bring/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=new%20Perspectives">Five things the future will bring</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/wearables-need-get-under-skin-succeed/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=new%20Perspectives">Wearables need to get under the skin to succeed</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/next-gen-consoles-are-great-ultimate-gaming-experience-still-pc/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=new%20Perspectives">The ultimate gaming experience? Still on PC&hellip;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Er... that&#039;s it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It really is that simple to switch. Once you&rsquo;ve done that you can add accounts for your email and social networks and you&rsquo;re all set. <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201562100" target="_blank">Click here</a> for further guidance on the finer details and to learn more about switching to Amazon Fire phone, in case you&#39;ve still got any questions we haven&#39;t answered here.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here&hellip;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/promoted-its-easier-you-think-switch-amazon-fire-phone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/promoted-its-easier-you-think-switch-amazon-fire-phone/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Promotion Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:13:58 +0000 Maguire 1451257 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U gets eight-player mode, Fire Phone drives Amazon losses, and Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-super-smash-bros-wii-u-gets-eight-player-mode-fire-phone-drives-amazon-losses-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finish out the workweek strong with our morning tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" alt="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/super-smash-bros-wiiu-8players.jpg?1414132381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Smash Bros. adds eight-player combat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nintendo has taken its sweet time exposing the various features to come in December&rsquo;s anticipated <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em>, and the latest is a corker: the cartoonish fighting game will support local eight-player battles - double the series&rsquo; normal amount of combatants.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll only happen on certain enlarged stages, and it&rsquo;s not considered the normal gameplay setting for the game, but that&rsquo;s still an inviting addition if you have enough controllers to make it happen. And you might, since the game supports the Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controllers, Wii Remotes and attachments, and GameCube controllers (with an adapter).</p> <p>Nintendo also revealed that owning both the Wii U and just-released 3DS versions will earn access to <em>Pokemon</em> favorite Mewtwo as a playable character come next spring. Got time for an insane deep dive into the game? Check out Nintendo&rsquo;s just-released 35-minute exploration above.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review">Super Smash Bros. for Wii U preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/j0BBGzfw0pQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Significant Amazon losses pinned on Fire Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon tried something new with its Fire Phone, and the initial results haven&rsquo;t been spectacular. Reviews were tepid (we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">called it &ldquo;a disappointment&rdquo;</a>), and sales were said to be so-so, although there wasn&rsquo;t any official word on the matter. But now the company has reported a loss of US$544 million (&pound;339 million) in the last quarter, and a chunk of the blame is being pointed at the Fire Phone.</p> <p>Recode reports that the company is taking a US$170 million (&pound;106 million) writedown on unsold Fire Phone inventory and cost commitments, and company CFO Tom Szkutak told reporters that the device is &ldquo;a good device in a very competitive market.&rdquo; Not the most enthusiastic statement, and much less so than we heard over the summer when the phone was first announced.</p> <p>Still, we&rsquo;d be surprised if Amazon walked away from this experiment after one round, especially with the first attempt no doubt serving as a crucial learning experience for the company. Don&rsquo;t be shocked to see a much stronger (or cheaper) effort in 2015.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/23/7052385/amazon-q3-2014-earnings">The Verge</a>, <a href="http://recode.net/2014/10/23/amazon-takes-170-million-writedown-on-weak-fire-phone-sales/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-launch_2.png?1414132381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Affirming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne">previous reports</a>, word comes that Christian Bale (<em>The Dark Knight</em> trilogy) has been pinned down to play intense Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic directed by Danny Boyle and scripted by Aaron Sorkin (based on the biography by Walter Isaacson). The screenwriter revealed the news to Bloomberg, saying Bale was &ldquo;the best actor on the board in a certain age range&rdquo; needed for the role.</p> <p>&ldquo;He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,&rdquo; added Sorkin on the iconic role. &ldquo;There isn&rsquo;t a scene or a frame that he&rsquo;s not in. So it&rsquo;s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-23/christian-bale-didn-t-have-to-audition-for-jobs-film-role.html">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steve-jobs-biopic-get-aaron-sorkin-screenplay/news">Steve Jobs biopic to get Aaron Sorkin screenplay</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Christian Bale" alt="Christian Bale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christian-bale-batman_0.jpg?1414132381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New channels added to Virgin TV Anywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A quick heads-up to Virgin TV Anywhere subscribers, or even prospective ones: the service has added four new channels, bringing Channel 4+1, More4+1, 4Seven, and UMP to on-the-go phone, tablet, and laptop viewers. Virgin boasts that its service now has 48 more channels than Sky Go, with more than 20 channels added over the last month or so alone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-tv-anywhere-hands-review/news">Virgin TV Anywhere hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="825" title="Virgin TV Anywhere" alt="Virgin TV Anywhere" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-tv-anywhere.jpg?1414132381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-super-smash-bros-wii-u-gets-eight-player-mode-fire-phone-drives-amazon-losses-a#comments Amazon Apple Console games Fire Phone Nintendo Virgin Wii U Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451234 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: Six smartphone camera problems solved by the Amazon Fire phone http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/six-smartphone-camera-problems-solved-amazon-fire-phone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photo woes? Here&#039;s how Fire Phone can help </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="640" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/feature-camera-detail-hdr.jpg?1414084767" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>Everyone&#39;s a photographer these days. Yes, even you.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Sorting digital zoom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s true that megapixels aren&#39;t the be-all and end-all when it comes to image quality. But because Fire does have a large 13MP sensor, it&#39;s got an advantage when it comes to cropping into photos.</p> <p>Imagine that you&#39;ve taken an adorable photo of your nephew/niece while standing on the other side of a room. It&#39;s a great shot but because of the distance, you want to zoom in and crop the photo so that they&#39;re larger and become the main focus.</p> <p>With a lower megapixel camera, you&#39;re going to lose lots of detail and walk straight into a wall of fuzzy grain as soon as you crop in. Not good. Shots taken with the Fire retain more detail however, thanks to the higher megapixel count. Little [INSERT CHILD&#39;S NAME HERE] has never looked so adorable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Low-light blurring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Low light is the enemy of all cameras but Fire has a clever weapon in its arsenal to capture more detail when you&#39;re in a dingy bar or at a romantic candle-lit dinner &ndash; optical image stabilisation (or OIS for short).</p> <p>That means that Fire&#39;s lens can physically move around within its housing, adjusting and compensating for hand movements that result in blurry shots. This means that it takes a lot less time for your camera to focus on the subject, as no matter how shaky you are at that stage of the night, your Fire phone camera will be rock steady.</p> <p>Whether or not your mates will appreciate their faces coming out clearer mid-dance, is another matter entirely.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/down-blind-fanboyism-cant-we-all-be-friends/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Down with blind fanboyism: can&#39;t we all be friends?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1000" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/feature-camera-popup.jpg?1414084767" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Video you can play on the big screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fire phone can also shoot 1080p videos at a 1920 x 1080 resolution. That means you&#39;ll be able to take advantage of every single pixel on your Full HD TV, showing off your videos in all their glory.</p> <p>OIS also comes into play when you&#39;re shooting videos too, reducing camera shake and banishing Blair Witch-style camera shake. Which is definitely a good thing if you suffer from travel sickness.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. My SD card is full! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fire Phone owners are treated to full, unlimited use of Amazon&#39;s Cloud Drive service for photos taken with your Fire phone. That means that you never have to worry about running out of space on your phone again, as every photo automatically uploads to Amazon&#39;s secure cloud storage space.</p> <p>It&#39;s also a great way to ensure that if the worst comes to worst (thieves, accidental toilet drops etc) you won&#39;t lose your photos. They&#39;ll be right there in the cloud, easily accessible via your PC.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/down-blind-fanboyism-cant-we-all-be-friends/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">End this blind fanboyism and let&#39;s all hug</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/technology-makes-me-better-artist-i-still-cant-draw/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">I am a better artist thanks to digital but I still can&#39;t draw</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/manifold-joys-tech-diy/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Experience the joys of building your own tech</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Making pictures better – instantly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No matter how good your shots are (and we&#39;re sure they&#39;re excellent), they could sometimes benefit from a little tweaking. All the professionals do it, honest.</p> <p>Fire comes with access to the Amazon&#39;s Appstore, which has a host of photo editing apps at its disposal. You could go crazy with filters if you like but sometimes a subtle colour balance is all you need to achieve perfection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Fiddling around on the screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OK, a button might not sound like the most exciting thing in the world, but there&rsquo;s one on the side of Fire that does come in very handy.</p> <p>For starters, it lets you fire up the camera in just about a second, increasing the chances of capturing great spontaneous shots, instead of fumbling around through app icons to launch the camera.</p> <p>It doubles up as a shutter button too, which results in a more stable grip and less shake than using an on-screen shutter button, reducing blur further.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here...</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/six-smartphone-camera-problems-solved-amazon-fire-phone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/six-smartphone-camera-problems-solved-amazon-fire-phone/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Promotion Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:20:09 +0000 Maguire 1451174 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon's Fire TV box is a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 23/10/14: The Fire TV hits the UK today, with an £80 price tag </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="515" height="386" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-main.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of rumours, Amazon&#39;s set-top box has been revealed at last. And at first glance it&#39;s a feature-packed entertainment monster.</p> <p>For starters, it&#39;s one of the most powerful set-top boxes around, despite its little-black-box appearance. A quad-core processor, dedicated graphics chip and 2GB of RAM make it, according to Amazon, three times more powerful than rivals such as the Roku and Apple TV. It&#39;s basically a high-end tablet, minus the screen.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&#39;s just jump straight to the main course. All that power means that, yes, the Fire TV can play games, and there&#39;s a dedicated US$40 controller to take advantage of it.</p> <p>Aimed at people who&#39;d prefer to play mobile games on the big screen, the Fire TV has thousands of existing games to choose from, with big names like Minecraft and Asphalt 8 among the A-list titles.</p> <p>Amazon Game Studios also introduced its first game, Sev Zero, a first-person alien shooter with tower defence elements.</p> <p>The controller itself has all the usual buttons and sticks, along with media playback controls.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="671" height="503" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-controller.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice search at last </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="392" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/EnchantingIcyBaboon" width="482"></iframe></p> <p>The Fire TV also has another impressive accessory - a bundled remote - which has a built-in microphone for voice search.&nbsp;</p> <p>That means no more pecking way at individual letters painfully slowly like on the Roku or Apple TV. Simply say the name of an actor, show or movie, and you&#39;ll be presented with the search results instantly. Bliss.</p> <p>There are tonnes of services to choose from too. Amazon Prime Video is naturally one of them, but so is its rival Netflix, along with Hulu, Vimeo, YouTube and more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tasty extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One feature we&#39;re looking forward to testing out ourselves is called ASAP. It learns and predicts what content you like and caches it in the background when idle, meaning instant playback without any buffering.&nbsp;</p> <p>IMDB integration is also on the cards in the form of an &#39;X-Ray&#39; feature, allowing you to read up about on-screen actors during movies on your Fire HDX tablet.</p> <p>Other extras include Music in the form of Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and music purchased from Amazon itself. You can bring up lyrics of songs you&#39;re listening to with X-Ray as well, which is handy for spontaneous karaoke nights, if you&#39;re into that sort of thing.</p> <p><strong>Edit:</strong> Certain services like Pandora and Hulu won&#39;t be available for UK users, so it&#39;s worth double checking if there&#39;s a specific service you&#39;re after to avoid disappointment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="451" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-pandora.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Child friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>FreeTime, the Kindle Fire HDX feature which limits children&#39;s gaming and video-watching activities also returns, making sure that little Timmy doesn&#39;t get too distracted by blasting aliens instead of finishing off his homework.</p> <p>FreeTime mode also serves up a simpler child-friendly interface with whole host of free children&#39;s content from Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and more. FreeTime mode needs a password if you want to revert to the standard interface, for extra peace of mind.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="560" height="421" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kids.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kindle Fire TV will be shipping in the US from today, for US$99. We&#39;ve contacted Aamzon with regards to UK pricing and release dates and were told that &quot;Fire TV is not available outside the US at this time and we&#39;re not able to speculate on future plans&quot;.</p> <p>We&#39;ll keep you posted, as always.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/11/14:&nbsp;</strong>The Fire TV is available for UK gadgeteers to snap up from <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00KQEJBSW/ref=gw_aftv_183787007_1?ie=UTF8&amp;nav_sdd=aps&amp;pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&amp;pf_rd_s=gateway-takeover&amp;pf_rd_r=02JASG10CHF853F75EKE&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_p=541821507&amp;pf_rd_i=468294" target="_blank">Amazon</a> right now, for &pound;80.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon launches Fire TV box </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news#comments Amazon Games consoles TV Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:39:11 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434731 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: 7 things you need to know about the Amazon Fire Phone http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/promoted-7-things-you-need-know-about-amazon-fire-phone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here&#039;s the full low-down on the retail giant&#039;s new smartphone. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FirePhone-D-Right-App-Grid_1.jpg?1413990390" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>4 Super snapper </strong><br />
Fire phone has a 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) for less blurry shots. OIS also means that the shutter can stay open longer without resulting in blur, guzzling more light and detail for improved shots in dimmer conditions. And you can store all photos taken with Fire phone for free on Amazon&#39;s unlimited Cloud Drive service too.</p> <p><strong>5 Mayday </strong><br />
Amazon&#39;s Mayday service offers 24/7 live video tech support in case you need help clarifying or using any of Fire phone&rsquo;s features. The service can even take temporary control of your screen to go through everything step-by-step.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone_Hand_Firefly-Icon_2.jpg?1413990390" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/down-blind-fanboyism-cant-we-all-be-friends/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">End this blind fanboyism and let&#39;s all hug </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/technology-makes-me-better-artist-i-still-cant-draw/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">I am a better artist thanks to digital but I still can&#39;t draw &nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everyone-s-photographer-these-days-just-not-very-good-one/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Everyone&#39;s a photographer these days, just not a good one</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>6 Media smarts </strong><br />
Fire phone is clever enough to predict which films and TV shows you&#39;re likely to end up watching next and it can buffer them in advance with a new feature fittingly called ASAP.</p> <p><strong>7 Exclusive to O2 </strong><br />Fire phone is exclusively on O2 &ndash; you can <a href="https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/phones/amazon/fire-phone/">find it here</a>, right now. For a limited time (until 31 December 2014), it also comes with a year of Amazon Prime included, serving up movies and TV shows from Amazon&#39;s Prime Instant Video streaming service, in addition to unlimited next-day delivery on millions of items from Amazon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Maps-Yelp_1_0.jpg?1413990390" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here...</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/promoted-7-things-you-need-know-about-amazon-fire-phone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/promoted-7-things-you-need-know-about-amazon-fire-phone/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Promotion Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:32:31 +0000 Maguire 1451085 at http://www.stuff.tv Five things that the future will bring http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/five-things-future-will-bring/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s not all going to be hoverboards and holograms – or is it? Stephen Graves sets his DeLorean for The Future and hits 88mph… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Drones2.jpg?1413889107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>Today&rsquo;s technology informs tomorrow&rsquo;s lives &ndash; what&rsquo;s going on now has profound implications for what will happen. And here&#39;s how. The butterfly&rsquo;s wings are flapping &ndash; where will the hurricane hit?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>3) 3D printing puts an end to obsolescence </strong><br />When a household appliance breaks down, most of us wearily trudge down to the shops to pick up a replacement, trawling the internet for spare parts usually results in the discovery that the manufacturer no longer supports your faithful old vacuum cleaner.</p> <p>3D printing will change all that &ndash; with a database of CAD files describing component parts, manufacturers will no longer need to maintain expensive warehouses full of spares. With home 3D printers, you&#39;ll be able to print off replacement parts &ndash; no need to wait around for spares and shipping. And with libraries of spare parts available online, you need never worry about kit becoming obsolete.</p> <p>TV star and car enthusiast Jay Leno&#39;s already proving that: he has a 3D printer and scanner set up in his extensive garage, which he&#39;s already using to print out spare parts for vintage cars. We might not have multi-million dollar garages full of Doble Steam Cars and Ferrari Barchettas but we can take a leaf out of his book when it comes to repairing our vacuum cleaners. So now you have no excuse for the state of your room.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Electric1_0.jpg?1413889107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/technology-makes-me-better-artist-i-still-cant-draw/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Thanks to tech, I am a better artist (but still can&rsquo;t draw) </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everyone-s-photographer-these-days-just-not-very-good-one/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">We&rsquo;re all photographers these days, just not very good ones </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/perfect-gaming-interface-your-heart/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">The perfect gaming tool: your heart</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>4) The cosmetics counter will cease to exist </strong><br />This May, former Harvard Business School student Grace Choi announced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/be-fashion-rebel-3d-print-your-own-makeup/news">Mink</a> &ndash; a printer for cosmetics. It&#39;s got the potential to shake up make-up by letting people easily create their own shades.</p> <p>It could mean the end of the make-up counter as we know it; at the moment, customers have to pay a premium for very specific shades of lipstick, foundation and eyeshadow. Put the ability to print make-up in everyone&#39;s house, though, and the premium those big brands currently command suddenly has less value.</p> <p>Even better, you can sample colours from your computer screen, and send them straight to your Mink printer &ndash; so in future, you can expect to see YouTube tutorials coming with their own palette of colours, ready for you to download and print off. Even print magazines will need to do the same: like the look of that shade? Point your phone at the page, take a snap and your printer does the rest. It&#39;s another example of how new tech will disrupt established businesses in unexpected ways.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>5) A robot will write this article </strong><br />If you thought writing was a uniquely human activity, think again: robots are already capable of producing articles. US company Narrative Science produces a program called Quill, which translates raw data into natural language reporting. At present, the software&rsquo;s mostly used to translate financial data into written reports, but it&rsquo;s already proved that it&rsquo;s capable of generating sports journalism, taking baseball scores and writing up a game report. And back in 2012, Narrative Science&rsquo;s CTO Kristian Hammond claimed that within a decade and a half, computer will <a href="http://www.wired.com/2012/04/can-an-algorithm-write-a-better-news-story-than-a-human-reporter/all/">write &ldquo;more than 90%&rdquo; of news</a>.</p> <p>Of course, journalists argue that there&rsquo;s a lot more to writing than merely stringing together raw numbers in a readable form. Robo-journalists can&rsquo;t determine what aspects of a story are newsworthy or carry out interviews. And human beings have a certain lyrical turn of phrase that it&#39;s impossible for a computer program to rep1icate.</p> <p>You can&#39;t feed, say, a Wi!l Self novel into a computer and exp&pound;ct it to spit out a nuanced critical appraisal of the !book (assuming, of course, that Will Self is sti!l writing novels and that his job hasn&#39;t been taken by AuthorBot 3000). Likewise, it&#39;ll be a 1ong time before a computer can %+scan a smartphone&#39;s physical characteristics, considerrrrr its specs and pro&pound;!duce a nuanced, comprehen$$$ive review of the prodk!t. No, you can be sure that Stuff&#39;s dedicated human writers will!! be here for a long t1me ye-&pound;&amp;^$&amp;*^&pound;*&amp;( &pound;$%Y++++SYSTEM ERROR+++^%&quot;**$** +++REBOOT Y/N+++ +++ +++ROBOJOURNO 2.5 &copy; and &trade; OMNICORP 2016+++ +++</p> <p><strong><em>Stephen Graves is deputy editor of Stuff.tv</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MakeUp1.jpg?1413889107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here&hellip;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/five-things-future-will-bring/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/five-things-future-will-bring/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:44:12 +0000 Maguire 1450908 at http://www.stuff.tv Wearables need to get under the skin to succeed http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/wearables-need-get-under-skin-succeed/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For wearable tech to take hold, it needs to go that little bit deeper, says Verity Burns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FingerTech1.jpg?1413790937" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>Five years ago, 3D TVs were the technology industry&rsquo;s &ldquo;next big thing&rdquo;, with every big manufacturer jumping on the bandwagon to bring the third dimension to our living rooms, transforming movie watching.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/verity-burns" title="View user profile.">Verity Burns</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking to Co.Design, the website that set the challenge, Jaeha Yoo, director of experience design at NDD said: &ldquo;When we started working on it, everyone was a little squeamish about implanting something. But there&rsquo;s a lot of cultural precinct.</p> <p>&ldquo;Obviously tattoos, piercings&mdash;people are implanting birth control. This stuff is going on now. It&rsquo;s not a huge step forward to implant something like Underskin.&rdquo;</p> <p>Underskin runs off of your body&rsquo;s electro-chemical energy, no need to charge it and it&rsquo;s always ready to go.</p> <p>Even better, Underskin can both recognise and contextualise movements and gestures; it tells the difference between a handshake with a colleague and holding hands with your partner.</p> <p>Project Underskin health tracks too, monitoring vitality with precision and encoding results in a unique format &ndash;&nbsp;the tattoo can glow in certain circumstances too, perhaps when your body is at its peak.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="480" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Underskin.jpg?1413790937" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/down-blind-fanboyism-cant-we-all-be-friends/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Can all tech fanboys please stop fighting and hug</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everyone-s-photographer-these-days-just-not-very-good-one/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Everyone is a photographer, just not a very good one &nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/perfect-gaming-interface-your-heart/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">The heart: the perfect gaming device&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Future perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This might sound all very futuristic but NewDealDesign reckons Underskin could be built within the next five years, thanks to the level of current electronics research available.</p> <p>And president of NDD Gadi Amit thinks there&rsquo;ll be a lot more start-up companies offering similar concepts very soon.</p> <p>&ldquo;Seriously,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;I could tell you, in the last year, I&rsquo;ve had discussions with entrepreneurs, three to four times, about physically invasive wearables&hellip; it&rsquo;s a reflection on what design will be in a decade or so.&rdquo;</p> <p>If wearables want to secure a better fate than that of 3D TV, these concepts can&rsquo;t arrive quick enough.</p> <p><em><strong>Verity Burns is multi-media editor of WhatHiFi.com</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here...</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/wearables-need-get-under-skin-succeed/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/wearables-need-get-under-skin-succeed/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:49:29 +0000 Maguire 1450610 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate gaming experience? Still on PC http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/next-gen-consoles-are-great-ultimate-gaming-experience-still-pc/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want 4K graphics, the biggest selection of games and virtual reality? Chuck your console and pick up a PC, says Tom Parsons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Next gen consoles are great, but the ultimate gaming experience is still on PC" alt="Next gen consoles are great, but the ultimate gaming experience is still on PC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pc-gaming.jpg?1413626582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>If you ask me, both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> are pretty brilliant.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s start with the basics: graphics. We were expecting 4K from the new consoles, but not only can neither the PS4 or Xbox One output a 4K signal at all, many games (especially on Xbox One) can&rsquo;t even hit the Full HD 1080p level.</p> <p>Meanwhile, in PC land, buy a decent graphics card and you&rsquo;ll comfortably get 4K. Not enough for you? Add more graphics cards, run them in tandem, and you can have three 4K displays side-by-side. Sound crazy? I&rsquo;ve played Project Gotham Racing on a triple-4K setup and it&rsquo;s mindblowingly brilliant, with the three displays combining to create the feeling you&rsquo;re genuinely looking through a car windscreen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rSUSYaa6C9s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And if you want to take immersion to even greater heights, you need to get virtual reality. And guess what? You want a PC for that, too. Sure, Sony&rsquo;s got its own VR headset, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature" target="_blank">Morpheus</a>, in development, but <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> is available right now, albeit in Development Kit form. What&rsquo;s more, because it&rsquo;s been in development much longer, has PC power backing it up and has an open development platform, it&rsquo;s already looking quite a lot more capable than Morpheus.</p> <p>Should you be excited about virtual reality? You sure should. Forget the blocky and slow VR of the mid-90s&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;this is the real deal. You&rsquo;re transported into the game like never before, and isn&rsquo;t that the whole reason we play games? Admittedly that level of realism isn&rsquo;t always an entirely positive thing&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014/alien-isolation-oculus-rift-so-frightening-you-might-not-want-play/feature" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift</a> is just too pant-wettingly frightening for a big wimp like me.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OlXrjTh7vHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/time-vr-really-will-change-everything/feature?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">This time, VR really will change everything</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/how-graphene-gadgets-will-take-us-back-time/feature-0?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives" target="_blank">How graphene gadgets will take us back in time</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/movie-industry-ditching-humans-and-getting-better-it/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives" target="_blank">Death of Hollywood: the movies that direct themselves</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, PCs have always been capable of better graphics than their console counterparts. What&rsquo;s been missing in the past is a friendly console-like experience suitable for the regular lounge-dweller rather than the home office nerd. Now you can have that, too, thanks to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam</a>.</p> <p>Once a simple download store for PC games, Steam is now effectively a platform of its own. Its Big Picture Mode is designed to deliver a console-like experience to a TV, rather than a monitor, and it&rsquo;s way, way nicer than the Xbox One dashboard. You can even set your computer to boot directly to Steam Big Picture Mode, so your senses aren&rsquo;t affronted by Windows at all. The next step is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve/hands-steamos/feature" target="_blank">SteamOS</a>, which you install instead of Windows.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/video-games-are-good-you/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;u tm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">Video games are good for you</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EFrL6-OhN94" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s finish with some stats. The PS4 has about a hundred games available right now, the Xbox One around 60. At the last count there were around 3700 games available on Steam. Enjoy playing with others? There are 100 million active Steam users&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;that&rsquo;s ten times the number of PS4s that have been sold so far, and we know the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One. And let&rsquo;s remember that Steam is just one way to get and play games on PC. Your options with a PC really are limitless.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s got more games, better looking games, fancier tech, and with Steam a proper lounge-friendly, console-like user experience. The downside? A PC capable of doing all that is going to cost a great deal more than an Xbox One or PS4. But this isn&rsquo;t about value for money.</p> <p>This is about what&rsquo;s best. And that, demonstrably, is the mighty PC.</p> <p><strong><em>Tom Parsons is reviews editor of Stuff.tv</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here...</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/next-gen-consoles-are-great-ultimate-gaming-experience-still-pc/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/next-gen-consoles-are-great-ultimate-gaming-experience-still-pc/feature#comments Amazon Gaming New Perspectives O2 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:11:00 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450485 at http://www.stuff.tv Six-and-a-half reasons I miss my old tech http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everything-old-new-again/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In our rush to update to the latest technology, we&#039;re forgetting that there is much to be learned from our obsolete kit, argues Ced Yuen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Everything old is new again" alt="Everything old is new again" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/old-phones.jpg?1413556172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>It&rsquo;s a truth universally acknowledged that shiny gadgets make life better. And there&rsquo;s no better time to get into tech: on a monthly basis, something is released that makes the last big thing look inadequate.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/ced-yuen" title="View user profile.">Ced Yuen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ninja approved </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Take the ubiquitous smartphone. Mine is one of the latest and shiniest. It has more cores than I need and more pixels than I can see. And yet it has me pining for my Nokia 3310. I&rsquo;m not saying it&rsquo;s a better device, but it does have the basics I would expect from a portable device, constantly in use.</p> <p>I miss its battery <strong>(1)</strong>, which could last a week without charging. I miss its ability to survive countless encounters with the pavement <strong>(2)</strong>. My Ninjutsu instructor once dedicated a training session to using it as a hammer in a fight.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/why-your-possessions-are-all-business-opportunities/feature?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">Make money from your house without moving out</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hg2XXtqsLXc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Music streaming is another thing that&rsquo;s the future. The promise of the world&rsquo;s songs, right at your fingertips. All you need is a good internet connection.</p> <p>Aye, but there&rsquo;s the rub: we are not quite this advanced, super-connected society. We will be, but currently not a day goes by that I don&rsquo;t experience a dropout at home, at work, or during a commute. <strong>(3)</strong> And even when the connection is good, the sound isn&rsquo;t that great&nbsp;<strong>(4)</strong>.</p> <p>All this time we spend chasing this ethereal library is undermining the musical experience. I&rsquo;d rather focus on the songs I have in hand, than wave my hand about trying to find signal.</p> <p>The day will come when the infrastructure allows for stable, high-quality streaming. Until then I&rsquo;m going to keep hold of my CDs (and even MiniDiscs). They aren&rsquo;t afraid of tunnels <strong>(&frac12;)</strong>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tv-QSlIAxj8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/3d-printing-will-do-manufacturing-industry-what-napster-did-music-industry/feature?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">3D printing will do to the manufacturing industry what Napster did to the music industry</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/video-games-are-good-you/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;u tm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">Video games are good for you</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/promoted-smart-screen-future-touches-back/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">The smart screen of the future touches back</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Next-gen blues </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now, a quick rant about videogames. I love videogames. There are few things better than coming home from work and escaping to your own little world. But these days there&rsquo;s too much focus on the features instead of the gaming.</p> <p>Games like <em>Titanfall</em> are a prime example of this. It looks stunning. The control mechanism, which places you either on foot or inside a giant robot, is hella fun. But this is a game that puts online connectivity above all else.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s barely a story. All the emphasis is on making you shoot with or at strangers online. Most of them are 13-year-olds who are way better than you. There&rsquo;s no local multiplayer, so you can&rsquo;t have some friends round. It rapidly becomes a hollow, repetitive experience. This is not my own little world.</p> <p>I can&rsquo;t help comparing that with <em>GoldenEye</em> 64 from 1997. That wasn&rsquo;t about gritty filters and super-accurate lighting: it was about making me feel like a badass spy <strong>(5</strong>&frac12;<strong>)</strong>. If my internet goes down, it doesn&rsquo;t need to stop. And my friends can join in <strong>(6</strong>&frac12;<strong>)</strong>.</p> <p>The point of all this? Technological advancement is a wonderful thing but we shouldn&rsquo;t be in too much of a hurry to leave behind what&rsquo;s already great. Let&rsquo;s be ambitious, while keeping an eye on what&rsquo;s genuinely important. Now, if you&rsquo;ll excuse me, I need to plug this thing in.</p> <p><strong>Ced Yuen is staff writer for</strong><em><strong> <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision</a></strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KU-z822-rZE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. Read a different view on tech every day <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">here</a>...</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everything-old-new-again/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everything-old-new-again/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:13:09 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450450 at http://www.stuff.tv Our old friends were electric: what happened to battery-powered automotive bliss? http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/our-old-friends-were-electric-lamenting-loss-battery-powered-automotive-bliss/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 100 years later, we&#039;ve remembered electric cars are better than petrol ones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Our old friends were electric: lamenting the loss of battery-powered automotive bliss" alt="Our old friends were electric: lamenting the loss of battery-powered automotive " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/electric-car.jpg?1413472022" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>There&#39;s absolutely nothing wrong with owning an electric car.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spark of inspiration </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a question that keeps me up at night &ndash; because it&#39;s not like we can blame the whole &quot;fear of the unknown&quot; thing. Hop in a DeLorean and set the clock for the 1900s and you&#39;d see a large majority of London, Boston and New York taxis running on electricity. Electric cars have been around for ages.</p> <p>But for some reason, all-electric motoring didn&rsquo;t stick. The demise of these early cars can be attributed to a number of factors: the rapid improvement of internal combustion engine, the discovery of vast oil reserves overseas, Henry Ford bringing the cost of car ownership down and so on &ndash; but it&#39;s also partly down to our laziness.</p> <p>Those in charge of cash flow likely saw the downsides of electric vehicles (limited range, low top speed etc.) and decided it was easier and cheaper to improve combustion engines rather than focus on battery technology, despite the massive pitfalls of limited oil supplies and the sort of choking pollution that kills polar bears.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/down-blind-fanboyism-cant-we-all-be-friends/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Can we all stop being tech fanboys and just hug?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CARyUfkiBY8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 1969, Thomas P. Hughes, a historian of technology, came up with the idea of technological momentum. His theory claims that the technologies we embrace tend to be deeply flawed, but just happen to meet our particular social needs at a particular time and eventually become embedded in our culture.</p> <p>So, ever since the demise of the electric car in the mid-1900s, we&#39;ve been lumbered with the fume-spewing internal combustion engine simply because it met our needs at the time. No forward thinking whatsoever.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The electric age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesla is busy re-wiring our brains into realising the benefits of electric cars by manufacturing cars that are just as fast and just as sexy as their petrol-powered rivals, like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Model S</a>; but the Palo Alto company is still very much in the early stages.</p> <p>If we had continued down the path of all-electric motoring, I&#39;m convinced we would now be experiencing vehicles that are faster, more powerful and more economical than anything we know today. Range anxiety wouldn&#39;t be a buzzword, because the government would have invested in a charging network a long time ago. Engineers would have developed charging stations that can top up depleted batteries in minutes rather than hours and the cost of owning these types of vehicles would be no different to the petrol and diesel cars you see on forecourts today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fkm00ZffzNM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/movie-industry-ditching-humans-and-getting-better-it/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">Death of Hollywood: the movies that direct themselves</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/seven-ways-your-junk-tech-became-art/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives" target="_blank">Seven ways your junk became art</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazing-ways-new-tech-shapes-storytelling/feature?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives" target="_blank">The amazing ways new tech shapes storytelling</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s electric </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There will be plenty of people out there quick to dismiss this little rant but the bottom line is many of the world&#39;s biggest manufacturers are already turning to electrification to improve the performance of their vehicles. The McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari all harness power from electric motors to propel them into hyper car territory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review" target="_blank">BMW</a>&#39;s fantastic new &#39;i&#39; range can be selected in pure electric or range extender models to help with &quot;range anxiety&quot;, most inner-city owners of the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/golf/volkswagen-golf-gte/review" target="_blank">Golf GTE</a> will barely have to put any fossil fuel in their vehicles and the aforementioned Tesla is approaching the subject of transport from a completely fresh, tech-orientated angle with some impressive results.</p> <p>It&#39;s awesome &ndash; but just imagine how great things could be now if our ancestors hadn&#39;t given up on the electric car. We wouldn&#39;t have to put up with those Clarkson types down the pub for a start&hellip;</p> <p><strong><em>Leon Poultney writes for Stuff.tv</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UAx7q8MFRio" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. Read a different view on tech every day <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">here</a>...</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/our-old-friends-were-electric-lamenting-loss-battery-powered-automotive-bliss/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/our-old-friends-were-electric-lamenting-loss-battery-powered-automotive-bliss/feature#comments Amazon Cars Electric cars New Perspectives O2 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:25:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450462 at http://www.stuff.tv Down with the blind fanboyism: can't we all be friends? http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/down-blind-fanboyism-cant-we-all-be-friends/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News flash: it&#039;s OK for other people to have different tech tastes – argues Esat Dedezade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/PhoneFight1.jpg?1413388657" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>I love Lucky Charms cereal.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Ridiculous, isn&#39;t it?&nbsp;</strong><br />Replace cereal with tech. Welcome to the internet. Put your head in your hands and let the tears flow freely.&nbsp;</p> <p>Out here, in the vast planes of online tech sites and forums, fanboys roam the wilderness. Their numbers are vast, their insults plenty and their blind faith is infuriating.&nbsp;</p> <p>They refuse to acknowledge that their brand of choice can do anything wrong. Clearly their phone has the best camera, the best OS, the best build, hell, even the best smell.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/b-c-dart-erlang-future-learning-code/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">The future of learning is in code</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>And that&#39;s fine. People are free to like what they want, for whatever reason. And if they&#39;e happy with their choice, then good for them.&nbsp;</p> <p>But that&#39;s the point &ndash; fanboys make it their mission to convert other people to their side like some sort of tech missionary.&nbsp;</p> <p>From consoles to smartphones, they&#39;ll happily tell you how terrible your purchasing decision was and recommend that you join them immediately, lest your soul is lost to the depths of inferior gadget hell.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/five-analogue-things-digital-tried-and-failed-kill/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Five analogue things digital failed to kill </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/why-smart-money-s-still-cd/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">The smart money is on CD </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazing-ways-new-tech-shapes-storytelling/feature?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">How new tech is shaping story telling</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And the saddest part of all this? They&#39;re undying, blind loyalty, is completely unnoticed by the very companies they worship.</p> <p>Do you really think there&#39;s a Best Customer Wall of Fame at Big Tech HQ in California, littered with photos of loyal customers, which Mr Big Tech stops at every day, whispering his thanks as glittering tears roll down his cheeks? I mean, there might be, but I highly doubt it.</p> <p><strong>Stop it. I mean, you clearly won&#39;t, but it makes me feel better saying it anyway </strong><br />Let people buy what they want. Don&#39;t try to justify your own purchasing decisions with hate-filled tunnel vision.</p> <p>Don&#39;t get me wrong. I&#39;m not saying you shouldn&#39;t advise others that might be less knowledgable than you but don&#39;t blindly cram choices down their throats.</p> <p>I&#39;m personally more of an Android user because I love tinkering and customising my devices. But that doesn&#39;t stop me recommending a range of other devices to other people because I take their individual needs into consideration.</p> <p>It&#39;s OK for everyone to like different products, just like it&#39;s OK for everyone to like different cereal.</p> <p>As long as it&#39;s not Bran Flakes. Dry, boring, awful texture&hellip;</p> <p>You&#39;d be an absolute moron eating those everyday.</p> <p><em><strong>Esat Dedezade is staff writer on Stuff.tv</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Smug1a.jpg?1413388657" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here...</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/down-blind-fanboyism-cant-we-all-be-friends/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/down-blind-fanboyism-cant-we-all-be-friends/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:04:57 +0000 Maguire 1450335 at http://www.stuff.tv Technology makes me a better artist. But I still can't draw http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/technology-makes-me-better-artist-i-still-cant-draw/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Digital offers a short-cut to artistic goals says deputy art editor on Stuff magazine Ross Presly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DigitalArt2.jpg?1413300632" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>Last week I took a Myers Briggs personality test. Apparently I&#39;m an INTP&hellip; That&#39;s an &#39;Introverted Thinking with Extraverted Intuition&#39; sort of person (whatever that means).</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pride of place on my desk in my cold artist&#39;s studio (I wouldn&#39;t have any money for heating), would be this beast from <a href="http://www.wacom.com/en/us/creative/cintiq-24-hd">Wacom</a>. At 24-inches, its pretty much the size of an A2 sheet of paper&nbsp;and way more interactive.</p> <p>It can reproduce 16.7 million different colours &ndash; about 16.69 million more than I could name &ndash; and doesn&#39;t require me to mix my own with messy paint. The stylus interprets 2,048 different types of pressure, more than my untrained press-really-hard-on-paper technique for the darkest pencil colour.</p> <p>For all the occasions I&#39;m out of my little studio, I&#39;d opt for the new <a href="http://www.wacom.com/en/us/everyday/bamboo-stylus-fineline">Bamboo stylus fineline</a>. It&#39;s a great little stylus for tablet and connects over Bluetooth. This is by far the most accurate stylus I have used and is great for adding detail into quick sketches.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wacom1.jpg?1413300632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/b-c-dart-erlang-future-learning-code/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">The future of learning is in code</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/seven-ways-your-junk-tech-became-art/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Your old tech becomes new art </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/video-games-are-good-you/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Video games are good for you</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Going into an entirely digital art world will make the entire process quicker, no more sketching, re-sketching, erasing and trying to ink a piece with a proper brush. I&#39;ll leave that for all the real artists.</p> <p>I&#39;m very happy to Apple-Z my way through 20 different digital brush strokes until I&#39;ve &quot;drawn&quot; &ndash; or more accurately the software and technology has captured my crude input in a way that I can&#39;t actually achieve with a real pencil.</p> <p><em><strong>Ross Presly is deputy art editor of </strong></em><strong>Stuff</strong><em><strong> magazine</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here...</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/technology-makes-me-better-artist-i-still-cant-draw/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/technology-makes-me-better-artist-i-still-cant-draw/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:46:20 +0000 Maguire 1450228 at http://www.stuff.tv Everyone’s a photographer these days… just not a very good one http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everyone-s-photographer-these-days-just-not-very-good-one/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cameraphones have made it all too easy to snap away. But, says Marc McLaren, have we lost sight of why we’re bothering? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="846" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BadPhoto2.jpg?1413290725" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>In the middle of the Pacific Ocean there&rsquo;s an enormous ball of plastic known as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It&rsquo;s been there for years, proof of humankind&rsquo;s ability to ruin beauty through lack of care.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The great photographer Ansel Adams once said that &ldquo;twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop&rdquo;. So if you&rsquo;re taking more than that in a minute, chances are not many of them will count as significant.</p> <p>The blame for all this, of course, lies with the modern smartphone.</p> <p>Now this isn&rsquo;t a rant about full-frame DSLRs being better than smartphone cameras. Most modern mobiles are capable of taking very good photos: there are wonderful examples and some would put many a compact to shame. So there&rsquo;s nothing wrong with smartphone photography itself.</p> <p>But smartphones have made it so easy to snap away happily with nary a thought for the worth of the image captured that the resulting dross threatens to devalue the art.</p> <p>It hasn&rsquo;t always been this way. In the pre-digital days &ndash; only about 20 years ago in real terms, but some thousands of centuries ago in outlook &ndash; rolls of film typically had only 36 or 24 exposures. As a result, even casual photographers took more effort over their shots. After all, with each roll costing as much as a Duran Duran album to buy and develop, you weren&rsquo;t likely to waste many shots on snaps of your Findus Crispy Pancakes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="801" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BadPhoto1MID.jpg?1413290725" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/five-analogue-things-digital-tried-and-failed-kill/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Five analogue things digital failed to kill </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/b-c-dart-erlang-future-learning-code/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">The future for your kids is in code </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-im-only-too-happy-give-all-my-data-away/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Give away my data and watch me smile</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s all too easy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Then digital came along and made us lazy. The ability to review and delete unwanted pictures meant we all started hammering the shutter button with crazy abandon with the attitude that for every 10 shots at least one would probably be half decent. On its own, that&rsquo;s not a problem &ndash; reviewing and filtering your photos does leave you with a good quality crop overall.</p> <p>But combine it with a) the internet b) the exponential growth in storage space (and associated fall in its cost) and c) social media and you have a recipe for if not disaster then&hellip; a lot of rubbish.</p> <p>Smartphones have obviously brought all of this to a head. It&rsquo;s now so easy to both take photos and share them that we all do it without thinking. It&rsquo;s as if we&rsquo;ve collectively decided that the world only becomes real when preserved for ever in a 4MP JPEG. OK, so quantum mechanics dictates that everything exists in a fuzzy, undefined state until viewed by an observer but there&rsquo;s no reason for us to behave as if any of that makes sense in the real world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is any of this <em>really</em> a problem? Possibly not. The internet isn&rsquo;t going to fill up and taking poorly executed, ill-thought-out and largely irrelevant photos won&rsquo;t hurt anyone. Neither am I advocating a return to the days of 6ft photographic plates and huge bulbs held by men with moustaches and bowler hats called Stan and Theodore.</p> <p>But like that giant ball of plastic in the Pacific, the very existence of all those billions and billions of throw-away images is an affront to nature. A photo should always have some purpose: it should look nice, or it should communicate something or it should make someone think.</p> <p>The more we overwhelm our senses with photographic trash, the less we&rsquo;ll notice the beauty that&rsquo;s actually out there.</p> <p><em><strong>Marc McLaren is editor of Stuff.tv</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Badphoto3.jpg?1413290725" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here...&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everyone-s-photographer-these-days-just-not-very-good-one/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/everyone-s-photographer-these-days-just-not-very-good-one/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:14:34 +0000 Maguire 1449908 at http://www.stuff.tv The perfect gaming interface: your heart http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/perfect-gaming-interface-your-heart/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The time has come to put not only your soul into a game – but also your heart… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="1203" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HeartGaming1.jpg?1413291265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.o2.co.uk/help/guru/synching-fitness">Runners measure their heart rate</a> with fancy watches because it acts as a guideline for how hard they should push themselves.</p> <p>Often beginners push themselves too hard when exercising, which is why people give up after their first running/living-room cardio session. There are also those who don&#39;t push themselves hard enough, which means they plateau without actually getting any fitter.</p> <p>Keeping within a set heart-rate range ensures you find the right balance, gradually improving your fitness without damaging yourself. Microsoft&#39;s Xbox One has a Fitness app that features a bunch of home workouts designed to help melt calories away.</p> <p>Its infrared Kinect camera can actually measure your heart rate by detecting minute changes in the colour of your skin as your heart pumps. That means you could use it to ensure you&#39;re pushing yourself the right amount during a workout.</p> <p>But what about gaming? Imagine a sports game which lets you jog on the spot do star jumps etc, with your speed controlling your on-screen superstar. A training mode gradually ups the intensity and you can see your fitness improvements mirrored in virtual world records.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/five-analogue-things-digital-tried-and-failed-kill/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Five analogue things digital failed to kill </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/b-c-dart-erlang-future-learning-code/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">The future for your kids is in code</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-im-only-too-happy-give-all-my-data-away/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Give away my data and watch me smile&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Too sensible for you? How about: intelligent horror </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I&#39;m an utter wimp when it comes to horror games. Headshotting aliens in <em>Halo</em> and <em>Destiny?</em> No problem. Trapped in an abandoned mental asylum littered with the howling spirits of little girls with long black hair however?</p> <p>No. No thank you. That doesn&#39;t mean I can&#39;t see the potential of using our heart rates to create intelligent horror games. Using a camera like the Kinect, or even a connected smartwatch with a built-in heart rate monitor like the upcoming LG G Watch R, horror games can bring out the scares at the best possible time.</p> <p>If your heart rate is normal, thanks to your impressive steely nerves, then that will be the perfect queue to ram a wailing banshee in your face the next time you open a door. It can work with puzzles too. Imagine if the next <em>Call of Duty</em> title has a level in which you have to diffuse a bomb solving a puzzle and cutting the right wires.</p> <p>The faster your heart rate, the shakier your on-screen hands become and your vision could blur, rewarding calm nerves with becoming a hero.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I &lt;3 games</strong><br />These are just a few suggestions I&#39;ve thought up during my mind-numbing commutes. Game developers are far cleverer and will be able to use our heart-rates in amazing, innovative ways. As long as they weave it in intelligently without making it a gimmick, it will make for a more immersive gaming experience. And I can&#39;t wait.</p> <p><em><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-im-only-too-happy-give-all-my-data-away/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Esat Dedezade wrote about giving away his data here</a></strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here...</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/perfect-gaming-interface-your-heart/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/perfect-gaming-interface-your-heart/feature#comments Amazon New Perspectives O2 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:45:41 +0000 Maguire 1449905 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Apple’s U2 album download numbers revealed, Amazon opening retail store, and Minecraft on PlayStation Vita next week http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-s-u2-album-download-numbers-revealed-amazon-opening-retail-store-and-mine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The weekend is mere hours away - but first, read all of this tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="U2&#039;s Songs of Innocence" alt="U2&#039;s Songs of Innocence" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/u2-apple-songsinnocence.jpg?1412995279" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple shares U2 album stats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The free release of U2&rsquo;s new album&nbsp;<em>Songs of Innocence</em>&nbsp;to all iTunes users proved controversial, as some didn&rsquo;t want an album forced into their libraries, while others didn&rsquo;t really understand how it got there in the first place. But free is free, and a fair number of the 500 million iTunes users took advantage of the offer.</p> <p>According to Apple&rsquo;s Eddy Cue, serious VP of Internet software and service, the album was downloaded some 26 million times in full, while 81 million iTunes users listened to at least one song from the album. And if you did either and don&rsquo;t want it on your computer anymore, well,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and-">there&rsquo;s a tool for that</a>&nbsp;now.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6274359/itunes-numbers-u2-songs-innocence-album">Billboard</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon opening New York store </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon may be a massive online retailer, but the company still understands the value of putting devices into people&rsquo;s hands - especially when it comes to distinctive tech like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Fire Phone</a>. To that end, Amazon will reportedly open a store in the heart of Manhattan in New York City very soon.</p> <p>The pop-up store is said to function like a convenient urban mini-warehouse, allowing customers to order select items for same-day pickup, but CNBC says the store may also host demonstrations for the Fire Phone,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news">new Kindles</a>, and perhaps the Fire TV.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/102070643">CNBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/ifa-2014/amazon-fire-tv-hits-uk-23-october-79-prime-members-can-get-it-cheap/news">Amazon Fire TV hits UK on 23 October for &pound;79</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-launch_1.png?1412995278" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft ready to roll on Vita </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Microsoft&rsquo;s recent acquisition of Mojang and the Minecraft franchise, some PlayStation Vita fans might have worried that the promised port wouldn&rsquo;t make its way to the Sony-made handheld. No need for concern, however, as the game has been announced for release next week.</p> <p>The Vita version will debut in Europe on 15 October, delivering a compact version of&nbsp;<em>Minecraft</em>&nbsp;that features controller support, making it a whole lot more appealing than the phone and tablet versions.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/4JStudios/status/519987042139525120">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QFZoDbgncJA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney’s Tomorrowland teased </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Tomorrowland</em>&nbsp;- loosely inspired by the Disney park attraction of the same name - is out next May, and the first teaser trailer above shows a bit of the digital wizardry being put into the live-action film.</p> <p>Before you shrug the film off for its thematic origins, know that it&rsquo;s directed and co-written by Brad Bird, the man behind amazing films like&nbsp;<em>The Incredibles</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Iron Giant</em>. He even directed a rather excellent live-action film with 2011&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol</em>. Fingers crossed that he scores again here.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k59gXTWf-A">YouTube</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/9/6953069/the-first-tomorrowland-teaser-trailer-and-poster">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1k59gXTWf-A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-s-u2-album-download-numbers-revealed-amazon-opening-retail-store-and-mine#comments Amazon Apple Film and TV Gaming Minecraft Music PlayStation Vita Sony Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449850 at http://www.stuff.tv